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By Tim Whitmarsh,Stuart Thomson

The touch zones among the Greco-Roman international and the close to East symbolize essentially the most interesting and fast-moving components of ancient-world experiences. This new number of essays, through world-renowned specialists (and a few new voices) in classical, Jewish, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Persian literature, focuses in particular on prose fiction, or 'the historical novel'. Twenty chapters both provide clean readings - from an intercultural standpoint - of common texts (such because the biblical Esther and Ecclesiastes, Xenophon of Ephesus' Ephesian tale and Dictys of Crete's Journal), or introduce fabric which may be new to many readers: from demotic Egyptian papyri via previous Avestan hymns to a Turkic translation of the lifetime of Aesop. the quantity additionally considers problems with technique and the historical past of scholarship at the subject. A concluding part bargains with the query of ways narratives, styles and motifs can have grow to be transmitted among cultures.

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